Amsterdam Bruges Bike and Boat MV Gandalf

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  • Category

    Bike and Boat
    Self Guided or Guided
  • Grade

    Easy to Leisurely
  • Duration/s

    7 nights
  • Start / Finish

    Amsterdam or Bruges / Bruges or Amsterdam
  • Distance

    181 miles/291 kms
  • Themes

    EbikeRivers and Lakes
  • Accommodation

    Comfort
  • Tour code

    008-110CNL
Price From £814

Overview

A highly enjoyable bike and boat cycling holiday through southern Holland and northern Belgium aboard the MV Gandalf. Ride along level cycle paths, through historic towns, past windmills and dykes. Highlights include Amsterdam, the windmills of Kinderdijk and the lovely cities of Ghent and Bruges.

This cycling holiday showcases the highlights of Holland and Belgium. Your comfortable barge carries you gently along the waterways  of this culturally rich region, dropping you off at various points along the way to enjoy relaxing rides through ever changing scenery.

The daily cycle routes are varied and interesting with each day bringing something different. One day it could be a serene river bank ride past small villages and open countryside the next an exploratory ride through a beautiful and historic city.

Cyclists - Kinderdijk - Holland

Cyclists – Kinderdijk – Holland

The 19 windmills at Kinderdijk are always a popular highlight as is the city of Ghent and the ride out to the North Sea Coast in Belgium.

Please note that this holiday also operates in reverse on certain dates. For specific departure dates and routes see the ‘Dates and Prices’ page.

This leisurely cycle route follows mostly level terrain and much of it is on dedicated bike paths.

Itinerary & Map

This leisurely cycle route follows mostly level terrain and much of it is on dedicated bike paths.

This tour also operates in the opposite direction on certain dates. See ‘Dates & Prices’ tab for details.

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Day 1: Amsterdam – Vianen, 9 miles/15 kms

Vecht River - Breukelen - Holland

Breukelen

Embarkation is at 1pm and at around 2pm the barge leaves Amsterdam and cruises south past the pretty town of Breukelen and the bustling city of Utrecht to the charming town of Vianen on the Lek River. Here you disembark for a short ride through the surrounding area. This is an opportunity to get used to your bike and to make any adjustments in preparation for the longer rides ahead. You then return to the Gandalf for dinner and your first night aboard.

Day 2: Vianen – Schoonhoven – Kindedijk – Dordrecht, 32 miles/50 kms

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Windmills of Kinderdijk

Your first cycle ride takes you along the River Lek to Schoonhoven. The town is renowned for it’s silversmiths which explains how it came by its nickname of Zilverstad or Silver City. As you might expect there are many silverware shops to browse as well as a silver museum.

You then cycle along the Alblasserwaard Polder (polders are areas of re-claimed land) to the fantastic windmills of kinderdijk. This impressive collection of 19 windmills were originally built to pump the Alblasserwaard polder dry. Today a modern pump does most of the hard work but the windmills are still fully functioning and all bar one have resident families living inside. The unoccupied windmill is a museum which you are welcome to explore during your visit.

When you’ve seen enough, ride to nearby Alblasserwaard and catch the  water-bus (fast ferry) to the town of Dordrecht some 10 minutes away. The journey will cost €4 and this includes your bike. Rejoin the your boat in Dordrecht one of the oldest towns in Holland.

Day 3: Dordrecht – Tholen – Kreekrak Lock – Antwerp, 21 miles/35 kms

Bergen op Zoom

Bergen op Zoom

The day starts with a breakfast cruise south to the town of Tholen where you disembark for today’s ride. You first cycle to nearby Bergen op Zoom a gorgeous little town with narrow winding streets and a lovely square at its heart. It might be a bit early for a coffee break but if not this is just perfect! You then cycle out of the town and into the wonderfully named Wouwse Plantage, a forested area used by locals for walking, cycling and other outdoor pursuits. You then head for the incredibly impressive Kreekrak Lock system where you re-board your barge for a leisurely cruise to Antwerp. The city has a long been associated with the diamond trade but it was also the home of Peter Paul Rubens  and many of his works hang in the city’s Onze Lieve Vrouwe Cathedral.

Day 4: Antwerp – Temse – St Amands/Dendermonde, 27 – 36 miles/42 – 56 kms

Antwerp - Belgium*

Antwerp

After breakfast you can explore Antwerp a little more if you wish before cycling out of town along the banks of the Schelde river. Much of today’s route follows a superb cycle path which offers fantastic views of the river and surrounding countryside. Small riverside towns line the bank providing plenty of opportunities to stop for a rest and/or refreshments. You will re-join the boat either in St Amands or in Dendermonde where you will spend the night.

Day 5: St Amands/Dendermonde – Ghent, 25 – 33 miles/40 – 53 kms

Ghent - Belgium

Ghent

If you spent the night in St Amands you can choose to cruise or cycle to nearby Dendermonde where everyone disembarks for the day’s ride to Ghent. The route follows another wonderful bike path alongside the Schelde River and the miles glide by easily on this smooth level path. Before you know it you are arriving in the lively University City of Ghent where the Schelde and Leie Rivers meet. This may have been one of the factors that contributed to the town’s phenomenal success as trading centre in the middle ages – at one time it was the second largest city north of the Alps after Paris. The opulence and grandeur of of the city’s past is still evident in the lovely old churches and merchants’ houses in the beautiful old town centre.The barge moors for the night in Merelbeke, a suburb of Ghent.

Day 6: Ghent – Bruges, 28 miles/45kms

Bruges - Belgium*

Bruges

Today’s ride starts just outside Ghent and leads you through the pleasant countryside of western Flanders to the City of Bruges. Probably the most beautiful Flemish City, Bruges has a long history stretching back to the Vikings. A network of cobbled streets and canals lined with wonderful old townhouses criss-cross the city centre. Every now and then these give way to quaint squares accommodating wonderful old churches and museums. Of course the Belgians are master chocolatiers and brewers and Bruges offers an abundance of chocolate shops and cosy bars.

Day 7: Bruges – North Sea Coast – Bruges, 32 miles/50kms

Damme - Belgium*

Damme – near Bruges

Your last ride is a round trip out to the North Sea Coast. The lovely route takes you through the beautiful and serene polder landscape of green fields, canals and small villages. At the coast you cycle along a path through the dunes and nature reserve of Het Zwin. Have a break for lunch here before cycling back back to Bruges and the barge via a different route. Your last nioght n board is spent in Bruges, a lovely place top go out and celebrate your achievement.

Day 8: Departure

After breakfast it’s time to disembark and head for home or your next adventure.

Dates & Prices

2017 Arrival Dates - scroll down for 2018 dates
Amsterdam to Bruges15 July, 26 August & 09 September
Bruges to Amsterdam19 August, 02 September & 16 September

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2017 Prices - scroll down for 2018 prices
008-110CNL
Per person
15 Jul
to
16 Sep
Gandalf - comfort
Twin cabin £843                    
Single cabin £1034                    
Triple cabin £795                    
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Deposit per person £175

Price Includes

7 nights accommodation.
Board basis: 7 breakfasts, 6 picnic lunches & 7 evening meals
Maps and Route information
Daily coffee and tea until 4pm
Services of a tour guide
Local assistance

Price Excludes

Flights and transfers
Bike hire (see supplements)
Cycle helmets
Drinks onboard
Supplements for special dietary requests
Gratuities/Tips

Supplements

Bike hire, includes lock and pannier (£68)
Electric bike (£180)
2018 Arrival Dates
Amsterdam to Bruges25 August
Bruges to Amsterdam18 August & 15 September

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2018 Prices
008-110CNL
Per person
18 Aug
to
15 Sep
Gandalf - comfort
Twin cabin £862                    
Single cabin £1054                    
Triple cabin £814                    
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Deposit per person £175

Price Includes

7 nights accommodation.
Board basis: 7 breakfasts, 6 packed lunches & 7 dinners
Services of a tour guide
Maps and Route information
Daily complimentary tea & coffer 3pm-4pm
Welcome drink and speech on arrival

Price Excludes

Flights and transfers
Bike hire (see supplements)
Cycle helmets
Drinks onboard
Supplements for special dietary requests
Gratuities/Tips

Supplements

Bike hire, includes lock and pannier (£68)
Electric bike (£180)

Practical Information

Bikes

Example of the type of bike used on this tour

Example of the type of bike used on this tour

The bikes provided on this tour are modern alloy framed, hybrid models with 7 speeds and comfortable saddle with upright riding position. The bikes also come equipped with rear pannier, lock and repair kit.

Electric bikes, smaller framed children’s bikes, trailers and tag-a-longs are also available.

Helmets are not provided and we therefore recommend bringing your own.

Accommodation

This tour operates on the MV Gandalf, a comfort class barge More images of the barge can be found in the gallery.

MS Gandalf barge - Salon

MS Gandalf – Saloon

MS Gandalf (comfort)
The popular MS Gandalf is a comfortable barge with a friendly, experienced crew offering cosy accommodation and facilities. She has 10 cabins each with twin beds, en-suite shower and toilet and a porthole that can be opened to fresh air.  Some of the cabins can accommodate a third bed and one is available for single use.

MS Gandalf barge - Twin cabin

MS Gandalf – Twin cabin

On deck there is a large lounge for common use, which is your restaurant area as well. There are two sundecks, one of which is partially covered, with tables and chairs.

Meals:
A hearty breakfast is provided each morning, along with a packed lunch to take with you on the daily rides. A three-course meal is served each evening in the dining area.

Daily complimentary coffee and tea is available between 3 pm and 4 pm.

Getting There

Gallery

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